The investigation is underway into the cause of a fire that occurred last week on Tuesday, December 15 at the Renewable Energy Center on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.
Charleston firefighters were called to the site at 5:25pm when a problem was reported inside a heat recovery unit, affecting one of the building’s four boilers.
Over the next few hours, the fire spread inside the three-story heat recovery unit, necessitating a call for additional Charleston Fire personnel, along with the Lincoln Fire Protection District.
One Charleston firefighter sustained steam burns through his protective gear, luckily the injury was not severe. No other injuries were reported.
The investigation was delayed until this week because additional time was needed for the 18-inch-thick bricks that are part of the heat-recovery unit to cool.
University officials report that the Renewable Energy Center continues to produce steam for normal university operations.